3 Stocks Pulling The Consumer Goods Sector Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 86 points (-0.5%) at 16,084 as of Friday, April 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,014 issues advancing vs. 1,941 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Consumer Goods sector currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Mead Johnson Nutrition Company ( MJN), down 1.9%, Coca-Cola Femsa S.A.B. de C.V ( KOF), down 1.8% and Philip Morris International ( PM), down 0.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

3. Colgate-Palmolive Company ( CL) is one of the companies pushing the Consumer Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, Colgate-Palmolive Company is down $0.38 (-0.6%) to $65.56 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Colgate-Palmolive Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.44-$66.27 after having opened the day at $65.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.94.

Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. The company operates in two segments: Oral, Personal and Home Care; and Pet Nutrition. Colgate-Palmolive Company has a market cap of $60.3 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Colgate-Palmolive Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Colgate-Palmolive Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Colgate-Palmolive Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Mondelez International ( MDLZ) is down $0.37 (-1.1%) to $34.34 on average volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of Mondelez International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.26-$34.71 after having opened the day at $34.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.71.

Mondelez International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets snack food and beverage products worldwide. Mondelez International has a market cap of $59.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Mondelez International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mondelez International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Mondelez International Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Coca-Cola ( KO) is down $0.24 (-0.6%) to $38.65 on average volume. Thus far, 8.1 million shares of Coca-Cola exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.60-$39.22 after having opened the day at $38.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.89.

The Coca-Cola Company, a beverage company, manufactures, markets, and sells nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. The company primarily offers sparkling beverages and still beverages. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $171.8 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are down 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Coca-Cola a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coca-Cola as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Coca-Cola Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the consumer goods sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the consumer goods sector could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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